Category Archives: Photography

Through the Looking Glass — Kevin Parry Dazzles, Again

Best watched fullscreen


I posted an earlier mind-bending video by the amazingly creative Kevin Parry last year.

Parry, who accurately identifies himself as a “Stop-Motion Animator + Video Wizard”, recently returned to his native Toronto after working on Laika Entertainment’s Kubo and the Two Strings and The Boxtrolls in Portland, Oregon.

He went the long way, traveling 5000 miles in three weeks. You can follow along with this video of the “Portland to Portland (Teleporting Across America)” tour, as he tries to get that one perfect tourist picture.

Doesn’t he seem like someone who would be fun to hang out with?

One final video:

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Smithsonian Folklife Festival — Catalonia on the Washington Mall

I went down to the Mall last Thursday to check out the Catalonia section of this year’s Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Perfect day for it.

Just a few hours earlier, the Mall had been filled with tens of thousands of people watching the Fourth of July concert and fireworks, but by morning, every trace of them was gone. The Park Service is really good about clean-ups.

This Human Tower Team, Colla Vella dels Xiquets de Valls, can trace its history back more than 200 years. At the Festival, they gave a small sample of what they do. Here’s a video of a somewhat more impressive performance:

Of course I went for the food. I had Catalon Pa Amb Tomàquet, which is garlic and tomato toast, with Serrano ham. Lousy picture, great sandwich.

When US troops arrived in Europe after D-Day in WWII, Europeans were impressed with the height of Americans soldiers. Things have changed since then, especially in Scandinavia and Holland, where the local teenagers now tower over typical US visitors.

The only place in Europe where I’ve ever felt taller than most of the residents was in Spain. I thought about that as I watched the dance of the Associació de Geganters i Grallers d’Oliana.

Powders for street décor. They’re used to create “carpets” like this one:


The image at the top of this post is from the Folklife Festival’s website.

David Bowie is Almost Over

After a phenomenally successful five-year, five-continent, 11-city  tour, the Victoria & Albert Museum’s David Bowie is exhibition is coming to an end. The show, now at the Brooklyn Museum, closes on Sunday, 15 July 2018. There are still tickets available, but the remaining weekends are heavily booked.

Unless you already have a ticket, you won’t be able to get in tomorrow, 20 June 2018, because it’s a very special day.

Here’s a little background to explain why:

According to Billboard, “…when the exhibit first premiered at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum in March 2013, expectations were low. ‘No other museum had booked it for the tour,’ co-creator Victoria Broackes confessed, ‘and we’d published 10,000 copies of the catalog. There wasn’t a lot of optimism that it was going to be a rip-roaring success.'”

“Rip-roaring success” is an understatement, as David Bowie Is became the V&A’s fastest selling show. More than a year ago, it became the most visited exhibition in the V&A’s 166-year history.

And tomorrow, it will welcome its two-millionth visitor.


To celebrate, someone will be designated as Visitor #2,000,000 and will receive a signed lithograph of a Bowie self-portrait, a limited edition of the David Bowie Is book, a pair of Sennheiser headphones, and a premium subscription to Spotify.

With more than 180,000 visitors,  David Bowie is is the best-selling exhibition in the Brooklyn Museum’s history,

Look. This is a flat-out amazing exhibition. If you have a chance to see it, GO. You won’t regret it. If you skip it, on the other hand, you’ll never forgive yourself. Those 2,000,000 people are going to be talking about this show for the rest of their lives, and when they find out you didn’t see it, they’ll be relentless in their ridicule and scorn.

This is one party you shouldn’t miss.


If you’re unfamiliar with New York, it might be helpful to know that the Brooklyn Museum is a 45-minute subway ride from Times Square. It’s a straight shot, no transfers trip on the 2 and 3 lines, and the Brooklyn exit is at the Museum’s entrance.

Here’s a “Know Before You Go” video from the Museum.


All photographs in this posting came from the New York Times online.

Captain White’s Seafood — Lunch on 24 May 2018

I took a walk to Washington’s old Maine Avenue Fish Market a few days ago. The key word in that sentence is “old”. The site has been the city’s best source of fresh fish since 1805, which was about five years after John Adams became the first resident of the newly-built the White House. It’s the oldest operating fish market in the United States, and unlike some fish markets* it’s never been controlled by the Mafia.

One of the Market’s mainstays is Captain White’s Seafood. That’s where I had lunch.

This is the “Captain’s Combo”, Captain White’s $19.95 special. As you can see, it could probably feed a family of four for a week or so, assuming they all have large appetites and a craving for deep-fried everything.

It contains:

  • 3 Oysters
  • 3 Jumbo Shrimp
  • 3 Scallops, which were a little bitter
  • 1 Really Big Piece of Whitefish
  • 1 Crabcake
  • Clam Strips
  • 3 Hushpuppies
  • 27 Fries, more or less. I lost count.

Clearly waaaay too much. I went to the restaurant’s open-air pavilion and ate the crabcake, an oyster, a hushpuppy and some of the whitefish, while I watched the planes coming into National Airport across the Potomac. Took the rest of the meal home for dinner and nibbles, and as a treat for the neighbourhood cat, who didn’t seem to mind the bitterness of the scallops.


*Please note that I’m definitely not referring to the totally 100% honest management of the Fulton Fish Market in New York by the highly honourable Genovese crime family, which zealously guards its reputation, sometimes to the point of dismemberment.

Waffles

The historic district of Brussels smells of waffles and chocolate. I’d eaten plenty of chocolate during my time there, but somehow never got around to waffles until my last full day in the city.

In S03E09 of Skam, the innovative Norwegian streaming series, one of the characters gets terribly excited when he hears that the school cafeteria is serving waffles. His reaction seemed all out of proportion to the news, and I could never figure out why he rushed off to place an order.

Offerings from a Brussels Waffle Shop

Offerings from a Brussels Waffle Shop

Now I know.

My selection

This was my last taste of Belgium (except for the 17 pounds of chocolate I brought home with me, and, yes, officer, it is for personal use only).